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Full Critique for Birmingham 2021
Judge : Mrs Susan Crossley
This critique reflects the judge's opinion
based on what they saw on the day of the show.
|Thank you very much to the exhibitors for a great entry and for the sporting way the results were received. Thank you to my two very good stewards who made my day so much more pleasant and kept everything on track for me. Shih Tzu have been my hobby for 53 years and during that time I have seen many changes, not always for the better. There is a tendency towards smaller eyes and longer noses which is so untypical for a Shih Tzu head and expression. A longer nose does not make for easier breathing, the problems with breathing occur from soft pallets and tight nostrils, and dogs with these should be excluded from breeding programmes. Large round dark eyes are a true Shih Tzu beauty, making them smaller is not the answer to eye accidents, making sure they are not bulbous helps with this and daily eye care also. Shih Tzu are rectangular so if you bring them up on the leg you have to extend the body so they are not square, that makes the dogs bigger and the weight 16/18 lbs wont be achievable. So, lets not make them too large, lets stick to the standard that has been around for a long time. There is a saying â€œIf its not broke donâ€™t fix itâ€, perhaps we must all remember that when breeding and try not to alter the standard to what we think it should be.|